Top story of 2017: The Great Eclipse!

These were illumination readers' favorite stories of the year

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So long, 2017. As we look back on the year that was, here are illumination readers' top 10 stories of the year.

The big story around the country was the Great Solar Eclipse in August. It was the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse since 1918 and the first to affect the solar energy supply in North Carolina.

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What does the solar eclipse mean for solar power?

What does the solar eclipse mean for solar power?

This unusual eclipse is a balancing act for energy companies

 
How to save energy in warm weather

How to save energy in warm weather

15 tips for saving money now: Dial thermostat up, set ceiling fans to spin counterclockwise ...

 
How to become an energy company lineworker

How to become an energy company lineworker

When a storm hits, lineworkers labor through the night. And more are needed nationwide

 
10 things to do to prepare for a storm

10 things to do to prepare for a storm

Surefire tips to cope with severe weather

 
My husband, the lineman

My husband, the lineman

'When you become a lineman’s wife, you have a whole new outlook on life.'

 
4 outdoor spring cleaning safety tips

4 outdoor spring cleaning safety tips

Warmer weather means we're spending more time outside. Be aware, take caution

 
Want solar energy? New NC law makes it easier for you

Want solar energy? New NC law makes it easier for you

New customer offerings, rebates and a whole lot more solar highlight law

 
Your new smart meter will give you more control

Your new smart meter will give you more control

Customers will be able to monitor their energy use and figure out ways to save money on their bill

 
Workers powered hope and lights during 1937 flood

Workers powered hope and lights during 1937 flood

Cincinnati Reds’ home plate submerged 20 feet during Ohio River flooding

 
How you can get a free home energy check

How you can get a free home energy check

An energy efficiency assessment can show you how to save money